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Canon 1D Mark II over 5D
Old 10-10-2009, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I still have a big issue to change my old camera Canon 350d. I need your help if you have used these cameras to suggest me since I'm no expert for this and I do not know if 1D worth money spending over 5D...

I have possibilities to choose between these two cameras, both of them are not new and the prices are:

Canon 5D body only .... 950eur
Canon 1D Mark II body only..... 1450eur

I allready have these lenses from the past to use it: 28-70 f2.8 L and 70-200 f4 L

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Re: Canon 1D Mark II over 5D
Old 10-10-2009, 01:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Zakd the big question to as yourself between these two cameras is do you have a need for a full frame camera? The 5D is a fine full frame camera. The 1DII is a crop camera, but in a whole different league from the 5D as far as build quality goes. Personally, if I didn't need the improved AF and the ability to shoot in the rain, I'd rather have the 5D.
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Re: Canon 1D Mark II over 5D
Old 10-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's a tough one. I've never really used a 5D but a friend has one and I played with it once when I was visiting his house. The impression I came away with was that the camera was far better than I was expecting given the price point and doubt if you'd be disappointed for general photography. The camera has a nice layout, produces excellent quality files and it's full frame which is a big bonus from my perspective.

I've never used the 1DII but I do have a 1DsII, so I know how good the 1 series cameras feel and how they inspire confidence. The AF, speed and build quality are in a whole different league and I'd be prepared to bet that 5 years from now it would still be a camera that you enjoy using. I also tend to feel that the 1 series cameras have small subtle differences in file quality that are not apparent until you really push the files. For example I have seen images where the 5D exhibited banding that were rendered perfectly with the 1DsII.

It's a tough one and I probably haven't helped with your decision but my guess is that you'd be happy with either camera. Ultimately you have to make the decision based on your needs but the 12MP of the 5D is a big jump over the 8MP for the 1DII and you'd be saving some money with the 5D as well.
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Re: Canon 1D Mark II over 5D
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Yeah, tough one , especially for one who is with lack of knowledge....
What is really the benefit of having Full Frame as it is 5D instead of 1D as it is 1.3rd crop if I'm right.
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Re: Canon 1D Mark II over 5D
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Some people don't even think it's an advantage. With full frame you see a bigger image when you look through the viewfinder which is generally easier to work with. My old 20D which is a 1.6 crop feels like a toy now when I pick up that camera and look through the viewfinder.

Full frame cameras tend to have less noise and you also get to use your lenses as they were intended so your 28mm behaves like a 28mm and not closer to 40mm, which would be the case on the 1DII. On the negative side though full frame cameras have a greater tendency towards softer edges with wide angle lenses unless you have very good lenses. They also have more issues with sensor dust. There are pros and cons really with either system but my personal preference is for full frame cameras. Remember though that I have never used a 1DII.
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Re: Canon 1D Mark II over 5D
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Something odd about smaller sensors is that they seem to have more depth of field at the same aperture and if you look at the digital compacts every image tends to look like it was shot at F16. With my 1DsII I have to stop down to very small apertures if I want reasonable depth of field in a portrait situation but on the 20D nearly everything is in focus most of the time and I would struggle more to achieve selective focus where just a small area is sharp.
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Having used a 350D and now a 5D, The images just pop and if your limited on space it's easier to achieve the proper DOF.

But if you plan on doing any action photography the 1D is probably the direction to go.
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